12 April 2016
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100% OF OUR FUTURE - Managing children's health in country
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016

The Annual RDWA Conference this year is focussed on managing today to fulfil our hopes for tomorrow.

Our country kids make up 30% of our population but will be 100% of our future. This year’s conference is all about the health of country kids.

The program we have put together covers many of the topics that you as rural GPs face on a daily basis. There are sessions on trauma management, pain management, immunisation, asthma, diabetes management, allergies, child trauma, behavioural development, ENT, burns management and otitis media.

It is well understood that the scope of practice required for rural GPs goes beyond what is required by your metro counterparts. To ensure that you have access to the latest information and clinical knowledge we have sourced the best in their fields to present sessions at this year’s conference. This also reinforces the connections to the specialists in each of the areas that support services that you manage locally.

We will also be running a half day pre-conference workshop for our doctors who are on their pathway to Fellowship focussing on musculoskeletal management.

We have a concurrent Family Program with activities for children of all ages and for parents and partners.

Our student program has become a regular feature and there will be a full day of activities for up to 100 University students from the three rural clubs. As part of the student program this year RDWA is pleased to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to be involved in the Helping Hands project to build prosthetic hands.

It’s also a special year as we celebrate with the doctors who have given 25 years of service to rural communities. This year we will also be recognising the doctors who have given 35 years or more service. The Long Service Medals Awards will be presented by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, as part of the RDWA Annual Conference Dinner. This black tie event will be held on the Saturday night of the Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

We look forward to seeing you in May.

Register now for the RDWA Annual Conference.

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Upcoming GP Local Events

Paediatric Emergencies, Port Augusta
Tuesday 19 April 2016 6.30 to 9.00pm, Standpipe Golf Motor Inn (Afghan Room), Daw Street, Port Augusta

Presented by Dr Lalith Gamage, Paediatric Specialist, this presentation will aim to increase GPs knowledge of how to recognise and diagnose a paediatric emergency, explain the appropriate treatment method and define the referral pathway and guidelines.

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Debbie Dohnt on 0417 101 161 or via email

Obesity and Surgery, Eyre Peninsula
Friday 20 May 2016 6.30 to 9.00pm, Mortlock Room, Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Presented by Mr Justin Bessell, this presentation will aim to increase GPs knowledge of evidence-based weight management programs, therapies and multidisciplinary interventions for managing obesity and discuss the recommended approach to weight management in children and adolescents. Mr Bessell will also outline the process for identification of suitable patients for Bariatric management of metabolic disease including how to select patients for Bariatric surgery and describe how to manage patients who present with "Bariatric emergencies” or problems after surgery.

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Meredith Carlier at

Dermatology Update, Eyre Peninsula
Wednesday 8 June 2016 6.30 to 9.00pm, Mortlock Room, Port Lincoln Hotel, Port Lincoln

Presented by Dr Simon Khoury, this update will assist GPs to improve knowledge on best practice protocols and management plans for common dermatoses; increase knowledge of common dermatoses with atypical presentations and increase awareness of uncommon dermatoses.

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Meredith Carlier at

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Resident Rural GP Partner/Spouse Grants

The RDWA recognises the professional and personal development needs of the partners and spouses of resident GPs.

The RDWA is offering grants of up to $3,000 to support partners and spouses to develop career or business opportunities, or to assist in study, professional development or personal development.

Applications must be received by 5pm Thursday 21 April 2016. Visit RDWA Family Programs for further information or contact Family Programs on 08 8234 8277 or email

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Country Health SA LHN Safety and Quality Alert no. 7-2016

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) have released a Safety and Quality Alert (7-2016) on 'Patient Incident Management and Open Disclosure Policy Directive Consultation' for information of all country health services and rural doctors.

Please see the alert for more information.

Diary Date - RDWA Events

13-14 May
RDWA Annual Conference

20-21 May
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Port Pirie (waiting list only)

3-4 June
Rural Emergency Skills Program (RESP)
Renmark (waiting list only)

12-14 July
medSPACE Residential Workshop

RDWA | Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Inc
63 Henley Beach Road Mile End South Australia 5031 | Telephone: +61 8 8234 8277 | Facsimile: +61 8 8234 0002

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